U.S. Closes Probe Into Jeep Grand Cherokee's Automatic Braking Systems — No Recalls, No Problems?

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The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has closed a probe into the automatic braking systems of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The NHTSA had started the probe in July 2015 after getting nine complaints that the system braked for no reason which increased the risk of other vehicles rear ending the Jeeps.

The investigation, which focused on just over 95,000 Grand Cherokee SUVs from the 2014 and 2015 model years, eventually found 176 complaints.

Complainants claimed that the brakes came on and nearly caused other cars to hit them from behind. Many reported that the malfunction happened multiple times on the SUV.

However, investigators found in testing that there was no single cause for the unintended automatic braking, and that the brakes came on only for short periods and didn't lead to any crashes.

In fact, the agency claims that the braking only reduced speeds by around 5km/h.

According to the NHTSA investigation, the short braking by the Grand Cherokee's systems is meant to warn drivers if they don't take action after getting audible and visual alerts of a possible crash.

Via Associated Press


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